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Cumbernauld union prepares for strike action over workers' rights

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:33 GMT on Friday 29th March, 2013.
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PUBLIC service workers in Cumbernauld will be on strike this time next week after the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) declared a weekend of strike action.

The strikes will occur between 5th April and 8th April, and Cumbernauld will be no exception. 

A Cumbernauld and Kilsyth PCS union spokesperson said that the strike action was essential to “defend” workers’ rights.

“Strike action to defend jobs, against pay freezes/cuts, defending working conditions and services to the public will take place in Revenue & Customs sites on the morning of Monday 8th April,” the spokesperson declared.

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On Monday 8th April, PCS union members at the Cumbernauld HMRC office are planning to strike over the course of the morning; advised not to go in to work until after noon.

“Members are asked not to go to work till 1pm,” the spokesperson added. “The Cumbernauld Accounts Office PCS branch would welcome any supporters to the picket.”

As well as Cumbernauld the strike action will see tens of thousands of members in the civil service and related bodies walk out of their workplaces in the dispute over pay, pensions, and terms and conditions, starting next Friday.

All PCS union members covered by the national strike ballot - except those who work in HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation Office - will take a half day strike on 5 April starting at 1pm for 3hours, 42 minutes.

Meanwhile, PCS members who work in HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation Office will take part in a half-day strike on 8 April which will end at 1pm when they walk in to their workplaces.

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